The State of Working West Virginia
West Virginia’s economic recovery from the Great Recession is far from complete. In 2010, the state suffered its highest unemployment rate in 16 years and the prospects of finding gainful employment were among the lowest in the nation. Many more West Virginians slipped into poverty over the recession’s course but the situation would have been much worse had Congress not enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, according to a report by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. In the State of Working West Virginia: The Road to Recovery 2010, the Center examines how the Recovery Act and other programs benefited West Virginians, how the recession caused the loss of good paying industry jobs and how the gap between the rich and the poor in West Virginia was deepened.